Dinesh suspended from Parliament for a week

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After a tense parliamentary session, Joint Opposition’s parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane was suspended from attending parliamentary sessions for one week following a vote in the House.

Parliament ran into turmoil after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled that the National Freedom Front (NFF) of MP Wimal Weerawansa could not be recognised as a separate group in the House because the party contested the election only on the ticket of the UPFA.

Mr. Gunawardane rose on his feet against this ruling, leading to a tense situation in the House. Mr. Weerawansa, along with MP Padma Udayasantha Gunasekara, rushed in to the Well of the House against the Speaker’s announcement.

The Speaker ordered them to return to their seats, but tension persisted compelling him to suspend sittings. Though the House resumed business again, tension broke out. Mr. Gunawardane and others started demonstrating against the decision. Eventually, the Speaker, in conformity with powers vested with him under Standing Order 74(I), ordered Mr. Gunawardane to leave the House. At this moment, he suspended the sittings for the second time, and for the first time, he called on the police and the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove Mr. Gunawardane.

There was turmoil in the House as Ministers Sarath Amunugama and others were seen confronting Mr Gunawardane.

When the House resumed business for the third time, the Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella moved a motion to suspend Mr. Gunawardane. The motion was passed with 85 votes to 22. The main Opposition TNA also voted for it along with the government members while the JVP abstained. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 20

  • P Harry Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:29 AM

    He may be getting ready to go for big match to shout.

    Ganesh Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:40 AM

    Actually the Speaker should be appreciated to have brought the disobedient attitude of this born racist politician under control, as a man who has guts to apply his authority being a bold Speaker.

    mnsmart Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:45 AM

    JVP - No policy , No decision making

    Roman Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:55 AM

    Dinesh! oya retire wenna!

    Ahamed Nuzhan Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:09 AM

    ONLY FOR ONE WEEK????????????

    Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:33 PM

    For his bad conduct, the Police should have dragged him and thrown to the jungle where he belongs.

    Liswom Wednesday, 08 March 2017 07:54 PM

    By his unruly conduct Dinesh has brought disrepute to his famous father the Borolugoda lion who was an exemplary parliamentarian though a revolutionary. via DM Android App

    Selvyn Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:26 PM

    Dinesh is not second to MR in terms of racism via DM Android App

    kondaya77 Wednesday, 08 March 2017 10:33 PM

    Boralugoda buruwa at it again!

    Lima Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:07 PM

    WHAT FAMOUS FATHER , ALL ARE IN SAME BOAT , IF THE FATHER GOOD THEN SON TO BE GOOD , THIS FAMILY ALSO LIKE THE FAMILY OF MR , NOTHING SAY GOOD

    Kamal Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:07 PM

    Well handled by the speaker. He is the only person this govt who displays solid competence and a backbone.

    Lima Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:07 PM

    THESE RASCALS TO BE KICKED OUT FROM PARLIAMENT FOR EVER , ROBBING COUNTRY AND NOW DISTRUPTING THE DEVELOPMENT AND HIDING ALL THEIR ROBBING WORK

    Zubair Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:33 PM

    I am getting very worried and fed up, so many priorities to be addressed in SL and you politicians in parliament(all parties) are messing around with trivial non sensical issues everyday, All we want is a stable economy,a manageable cost of living, proper infrastructure development,education, health etc and a parliament which dedicates most of its time for the welfare of the citizens and nation thats the politicians duty.If you cannot get out.The rest we will take care off enough is enough.To think that I and my family travelled all the way to Sri lanka only to vote to make the change....

    TONY Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:36 PM

    DINESH WAS TRAINED TO DISRESPECT OTHERS BY MR HIS GURU AND GUIDE

    Citizen Ash Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:09 AM

    Spineless JVP. All talk only. via DM Android App

    sunimal Thursday, 09 March 2017 03:43 AM

    Awesome news thug behavior not welcome!

    KJ Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:17 AM

    I doubt our elected members are there for us.. they have their own agenda once elected and will come to us when the time up for "vote" - when we will change them all?

    J Palitha Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:46 AM

    Hay Dinesh you have spoiled all the reputations which your father earned. Shame of you .

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:53 AM

    Hon. Karu practices Gentlemen Politics. We honour you Sir.. always.

    Harri Para Karu Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:54 AM

    Honda Kaney Para to JO.


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